English 12 Honors 2016
Jerry Rice going outside for his daily seven-mile run.
When Jerry Rice was in his teen years, he ran about seven miles every afternoon down the dirt roads by his home in Crawford, Mississippi. His parents raised him and his siblings well, taking them to church and giving them discipline when needed. Because he was so close with his parents, he was scared before every NFL game he played because he wanted to make his dad proud.
After his high school convinced Jerry and his parents that he has potential to be a great football player, he began playing. He played corner back and wide receiver in high school because of his speed and ability to stop on a dime to make a catch. After great success in high school, Jerry Rice had received incredible offers from colleges such as UCLA and LSU, but decided to go to Mississippi Valley State University to remain close to his family and his girlfriend, Jackie.
In the 1987-1988 NFL season, Rice's third season in the league, the 49ers overcame their average regular season, shined in the playoffs, and made it to the Super Bowl. As players stepped off the plane in Miami, where the game would be played, they were welcomed with race riots, making Miami a dangerous area to be in. The San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl that year. Rice finished with 11 receptions for 215 yards and 1 touchdown, which gave him the title of Super Bowl MVP. Potentially because of the race riots, the news wasn't interested in the African-American MVP, but the white quarter back, Joe Montana, which Rice was unhappy about.
Jerry's wife, Jackie, took on many responsibilities being the parent at home most of her kids' childhoods. Their children, Jaqui, Jerry Rice Jr., and Jada were growing up under the direction of their mom while their dad was at work breaking over 100 NFL records.
In the first game of the 1994 season, a Monday Night football game, Jerry Rice went into the night two touchdowns shy of Jim Brown's all-time touchdown record in the NFL. He was easily able to get two touchdowns and tie the record. With a little over four minutes left in the game, his coach set up a play for him to get the record-setting touchdown and add to their lead against the Raiders. That night, Rice set another NFL record.
In 2006, Jerry Rice was able to participate in Dancing with the Stars. He learned so much from his partner, Anna Trebunskaya, and they even made it to the finale, but they came in second. Rice said the feeling was equivalent to losing the Super Bowl. However, it was a good way for him to still have fun on TV even after his NFL career was over.
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